WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) in introducing the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017; broad, bipartisan legislation that wi…

  • By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

The phrase ‘Made in America’ resonates with Americans uniquely and brings a feeling of patriotism unlike any other. Across the country, the label or stamp on a product of ‘Made in America’ is more than just a tagline – it’s a well-known promise of quality, dependable goods made right here at home.

  • By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Protecting the environment and practicing conservation principles have always been important to the Cherokee people. Our close relationship to the land, and our traditional knowledge about our natural surroundings, has always been a part of who we are. Cherokee values and knowledge about eco…

  • By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Since its beginning, America has been known as the land of opportunity. Millions of immigrants left their own homes to find something in our country not readily available in their own: an opportunity to succeed. A large part of that success is defined by having a job. In Oklahoma, just like …

  • By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

When Christie and I first decided to enter into public service, our first concern was our family. When we were first honored enough to be able to represent the great state of Oklahoma, one of the first questions asked was: “Are you going to move our kids to Washington?” Our five kids are cou…

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), submitted a statement in support of S. 1356, the Veterans Education Improvement Act of 2017 in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee today. This legislation reinstates veterans’ eligibi…

  • By Rep. Tom Gann

This was my first session as a freshman legislator and my first experience to see just how the sausage is made in regards to the budget. It was a unique experience and one I hope we do not repeat.

  • By LARRY LARKIN | Special to the Progress

Having the opportunity to go up in a Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” can be considered a true bucket list achievement. Just viewing one of the most famous bombers of World War II was exciting enough, but it didn’t match climbing aboard and having it lift airborne.

  • A Weekly Column by Senator Marty Quinn

The final week of the legislative session is complete, with the Senate adjourning Sine Die on Friday. It’s been a challenging year and although we didn’t accomplish everything we would have liked, we did make significant strides towards establishing recurring revenue to put the state on bett…

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), and U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) today introduced S. 1266, the Enhancing Veteran Care Act, which addresses key health care priorities for our veterans.

  • By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Washington is a town full of monuments and memorials dedicated to famous people, events, and presidents. Within just a few miles, there are tributes to President Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., President George Washington, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. They all accomplished h…

  • By Rep. Tom Gann

There has been much debate this year about whether we should raise revenue to shore up state agencies or reduce state spending. This can be an emotional topic. The minute you talk about reducing spending, people bring out the worst-case scenarios of how this will hurt the most vulnerable in …

  • by Senator Wayne Shaw

The clock is quickly running down to strike a budget deal and we are working toward finalizing an agreement. Any compromise in the coming days must still go through the necessary legislative steps before the budget can be sent to the governor for her final approval.

  • Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor

Many people are interested in the Cherokee Culture and History but don' t know exactly where to start to find it. Books and Internet searches begin to tell our history, however you can never be sure if the information you are getting is historically accurate and frankly these methods can be …


Americans are divided politically along cultural, not economic, lines. Partisan preference is highly correlated with views on non-economic issues and only loosely related to economic status.


In this season of mass commercialism, let’s pause to consider the plight of simple millionaires.

Why? Because we now share a common cause: Inequality. You don’t hear much about it, but millionaires are suffering a wealth gap, too, and it’s having a depressing impact on both their level of consumption and their psychological well-being. While it’s true that millionaires certainly are still quite rich — indeed, they’re counted as full members of the 1-percent club.


NEW YORK, N. Y. — Dec. 9, 1928 — Everybody is picking an all American team. Here is mine: Edison, Ford, Hoover, Rockefeller Jr., Lindbergh. They will have to play basketball as there is only five.


As the Christmas season gets into full swing, an unpleasant fact should not be forgotten. The incidences of suicide and substance abuse increase during this time of year. The period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s comes with additional stress that may lead to overindulging in drugs or alcohol to cope.


The Christmas season seems to start earlier every year. Last month, a neighbor put up twinkling silver lights, and the day after Thanksgiving, we saw cars carrying trees on their roofs.


Civil rights leaders, led by Marc Morial of the National Urban League, met in New York City on Dec. 4 to discuss steps that should be taken to help rebuild trust between law enforcement officials and the citizens they are sworn to protect. The leaders promised to hold a march on Dec. 13 in W…


Blessed art those who are ready for Hillary Clinton, for they have the patience of saints.


When the Affordable Care Act was being written and debated, President Obama took care to emphasize that no illegal immigrants would be eligible for its benefits. Obama and the Democrats who passed the bill were sensitive to public concerns that those who entered the United States illegally should not receive assistance intended for those here legally.


NEW YORK, N. Y. — Dec. 4, 1928 — I like this part of Mr. Coolidge’s message best: “Both parties in Nicaragua were pleased with the outcome of their election and have asked for the marines again next time. But I did not commit myself.” Yes, I think I would let Hoover contract ‘em for that one.


The late, great Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was fond of saying, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” His adage has become a familiar cliche around Washington, but it took on new meaning after the House Intelligence Committee issued a unanimous, bipartisan report about the attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi that killed four Americans in September 2012.


Who has shared the stage with the rock band Foreigner, performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice, performed for the President of the United States and sung alongside Dolly Parton? The Cherokee National Youth Choir.


As we come out of the Thanksgiving holiday and start preparing for Christmas, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. There is shopping to be done for friends, family, loved ones and others who’ve impacted our lives. But as we go from shop to shop and party to part…


During the 2012 campaign, President Obama often resorted to his favorite substitute for thinking: ridicule. Before enthusiastic audiences (who were assured his reelection would spell a thriving economy and a revived middle class), the president would mock Republicans by suggesting that “they…

  • John Dilmore

There is never any shortage of opportunities for us to perform acts of charity or kindness. This time of year that’s especially true. Some of those acts of goodwill require writing a check, or making a donation of our time or other resources — giving things we have in more abundance than tho…


No one likes to think about their mother, sister or daughter becoming a victim of domestic violence. However, the Department of Justice reports that Native American women experience the highest rate of violence of any group in the United States. Native American women are 3 1/2 times more lik…


This time of year is always a time to reflect on the good things in our lives. I hope we all honor the true meaning and spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday and celebrate the multitude of blessings we have, including the achievements we’ve accomplished and the future we hope to build for ourse…


After 42 years of steadfast service to his country, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby recently retired from the U.S. Army. More memorable than the official celebration ceremony, which rightly marked the end of this loyal American’s service, was the national policy that made his career p…


Today is the day I was not going to disappoint @RonSupportsYou, who, as his nom de Twitter implies, is a positive and hopeful person. Which probably means he is used to disappointment.


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A chance to be grateful instead of focusing on gift-giving and gift-receiving. Family, friends, bountiful feasts and football are at the forefront of our minds rather than cocktail parties and gifts. Think of it as a time to pause and give thanks …


Choosing a career path is one of the most difficult yet important things everyone does in life. Often the opportunity to train for a chosen career stands between a young person and their dream.


Americans of most political persuasions tend to view the United Nations as corrupt and morally inverted. An organization supposedly dedicated to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights regularly overlooks abuses by the world’s worst actors (Cuba, North Korea, China, just to name three) whi…

  • By Will Rogers

NEW YORK, N. Y. — Nov. 7, 1928 — FOR SALE. Would like to sell, trade, dispose of or give away to right parties franchise of what is humorously known as Democratic Party. Said franchise calls for license to enter in national elections; said right of franchise is supposed to be used every four…

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